02 Oct WHY YOU SHOULD THINK POSTIVIELY ABOUT YOUR STRESS
Do you know that the way you think about stress determines its effect on you? Researchers found that those who experienced a very stressful year were more likely to die within eight years if they believed stress was harmful to their health, while those who thought stress had no negative effects on their health actually experienced protective benefits!
Stanford University lecturer and health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. found that when people think about their symptoms of stress in a positive way, they had less inflammation and less blood vessel constriction. Additionally, they found there is actually a HEALTHY stress response that helps you rise to the challenge.
In addition to adrenaline and cortisol, we get a boost of DHEA, which is a neurosteroid that helps us recover from stress by making the body and brain more resilient so that the next time we go through a similar situation it’s easier to handle. We also get a boost of oxytocin (the love hormone) that stimulates our interest in connecting with others, so that we can help out for support or encouragement in times of need.
Once again, research has proven that our outlook can actually affect our health.
Choose your thoughts wisely, my friends! 🙂
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